Yahoo Mail to block fake eBay and PayPal e-mail

Yahoo rolling out new technology to prevent phishing scams in Yahoo Mail.

If you use Yahoo Mail you should be seeing a significant reduction in the number of e-mail scams purporting to be from eBay and PayPal very soon.

Yahoo will be upgrading its system beginning on Thursday with technology--dubbed "DomainKeys"--designed to block phishing spam and other fraudulent e-mails that look like they come from eBay and PayPal but don't. The system works by verifying the domain of the sender of the e-mail, allowing ISPs to block messages they deem illegitimate.

The upgrade is expected to be accomplished globally over the next several weeks.

Typically, the phishing scams masquerade as e-mails from trusted financial sources and direct a recipient to a Web site where they're asked to enter their user name and password. From there, their information is stolen.

Although most companies warn their customers that they won't send unsolicited e-mails asking for usernames and passwords, many people are still fooled. Blocking the scam e-mails before they hit in-boxes should cut down on the problem. Now, when is Yahoo going to do this for the major banks?

About the author

Elinor Mills covers Internet security and privacy. She joined CNET News in 2005 after working as a foreign correspondent for Reuters in Portugal and writing for The Industry Standard, the IDG News Service, and the Associated Press. E-mail Elinor.


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